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Grey Stone Restaurant in #NewtownPA Seeks Multiple Zoning Variances to Expand Eating Space & Parking

Grey Stone Restaurant in #NewtownPA Seeks Multiple Zoning Variances to Expand Eating Space & Parking | Newtown News of Interest |

Big changes will be coming to the Grey Stone restaurant in Newtown Township if various township and other approvals are eventually granted.

At Tuesday [June 6, 2023] night’s planning commission meeting, members voted 7-1 to recommend that the township  board of supervisors take no position on eight zoning variances requested by representatives of the restaurant located at 552 Washington Crossing Road. The supervisors will consider whether to follow that recommendation, or take a position to either support or oppose the variances, at an upcoming [June 14, 2023] meeting. Soon after, the township zoning hearing board will consider the variances.

... the restaurant’s owners want to increase parking on the side of Washington Crossing Road where the restaurant is located from less than 20 spaces to about 200 spaces. Currently, other Grey Stone parking consists of about 70 spaces on the other side of the road, forcing many patrons or workers with the restaurant’s valet parking service to walk back and forth across Washington Crossing Road.

In addition, the restaurant’s owners are proposing two building additions totaling 3,335 square feet. Among the eight variances requested are those asking for relief from normal requirements regarding impervious surface, expansion of floor area, front yard setbacks, parking space distance from the road’s ultimate right-of-way and others. If the variances are granted, the project would also need land development approval from the supervisors in order to proceed.

The only dissenter on the planning commission’s 7-1 vote to recommend the supervisors take no position on the variances was member Terry Christensen, who said he felt the amount of relief being requested was excessive and the supervisors should oppose it.

“It is a lot of relief you’re asking for,” PC Chair Peggy Driscoll added before the vote. “It’s a long-time business in our township. I don’t want to oppose, but it would be nice to reduce (the amount of zoning relief) a little here or there.”

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